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October 18, 2021
Are You Vulnerable To Scams? Do The Test

And we answer the big question about the Do Not Call Register.

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October 5, 2021
Lessons From Those Who Have Lost More Than $100k In A Scam

We take a crack at demystifying the "cloud"

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September 19, 2021
The Botnet With The Latvian Name For Plague Impacting New Zealand

Read why you should update your apps.

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September 6, 2021
What They Don't Teach You About Cyber Safety At School

And read about the Groodle and the $90,000 puppy scam.

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August 30, 2021
IDCARE shares insight about FluBot with A Current Affair

IDCARE shares insight about FluBot with A Current Affair

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August 25, 2021
Will and Woody meet Dr David Lacey

Now this was a different radio interview.

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August 23, 2021
Why your number is being spoofed

You've heard about FluBot, now we explain what it is.

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August 9, 2021
Are We Ready For Another Census?

And, it's time to check how safe you are working from home.

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July 26, 2021
Why are Australians more vulnerable to tech support scams?

We investigate why Australian citizens seem to be more vulnerable to tech support scams.

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July 12, 2021
Fact check: Hackers argue it's cheaper to pay ransom

We take a look at what seven years of data has taught us about investment scams.

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June 14, 2021
Yip, Even Savvy 25-Year-Olds Can Lose $150,000 To Scammers

Discover IDCARE's free service to check if your device is safe.

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May 31, 2021
The costly scam costing businesses huge $$$$$

What you need to know before investing in cryptocurrencies

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May 17, 2021
What we know about REvil, that bad-ass ransomware group

And take a look at what happens when we put FaceApp through the hAPPy Score

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May 4, 2021
How Bad Is It Really If You Click On That Link?

And what our client told the Minister for Defence, Peter Dutton.

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April 19, 2021
Looking Back At Australia's First Major Infrastructure Hack

Plus, there is an app to map your poop and we put it through The hAPPy Score.

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April 1, 2021
Cyber Attacks Are Becoming More Common, Could Insurance Policies Be To Blame?

Between the drugs and ID's for sale on the dark net, IDCARE found a listing for "more than 10GB" of sensitive data.

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March 22, 2021
A dummy's guide to credit reports (yes, they're important!)

Learn about credit reports and why you need one!

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March 8, 2021
Love your AfterPay or Zip account? So do scammers

Love your AfterPay or Zip account? So do scammers

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February 22, 2021
Covid 19 scams, the world's biggest data dump and Facebook

Covid 19 scams, the world's biggest data dump and Facebook

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February 19, 2021
Increased scam risk from Facebook's oversight

IDCARE has strongly condemned Facebook’s decision to remove the charity’s Facebook site content

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February 8, 2021
A glance at a future without Google

A glance at a future without Google

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January 25, 2021
The Cyber Sushi, So Your Facebook Account Has Been Hacked?

So Your Facebook Account Has Been Hacked?

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January 13, 2021
How do you look after your cyber security when your toaster is connected to the WiFi?

How do you look after your cyber security when your toaster is connected to the WiFi?

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January 12, 2021
Are your virtual "friends" like Siri spying on you? 

Plus , how safe is TikTok? We put it through the hAPPy Score.

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December 18, 2020
What are scammers scheming for the new year? - December 2020 Edition Newsletter

Our analysts predict what scammers are scheming for 2021.

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December 11, 2020
A year in review & where we get our funding

It’s hard to believe that since 2014, IDCARE has responded to over 275,900 client engagements from people who experienced a cyber-enabled crime.

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December 4, 2020
Behind the mask: Unveiling the new and the trending scams in the fortnight

Behind the mask: Unveiling the new and the trending scams in the fortnight

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December 4, 2020
How easy is your password to hack?

This one takes less than a second and yet its featured over 23 million times

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November 20, 2020
Lost Your Wallet? How To Ensure You Don’t Lose Your Identity As Well

Plus unveiling the Christmas gift scam and the other trending scams.

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November 9, 2020
Need a car?? National car shortage sparks spike in fake car sales advertisement

We know finding a new or used car for sale is particularly tough in this market, but please be careful

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November 6, 2020
Spike In Mail Theft - Is Your Suburb Affected?

How scammers are using your local police station phone number.

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November 6, 2020
Behind the mask: Unveiling the top trending scams and what’s new

Electricity bill scams, puppy scams, celebrity investment scams & the IDCARE impersonation scam

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November 6, 2020
Warrant for Your Arrest scam

How your local police station’s number is being used to scam people. LISTEN as an IDCARE client shares his story of the Warrant for Your Arrest scam.

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October 30, 2020
IDCARE Impersonation scam

Have you received a cold call or email recently from IDCARE asking you to participate in a “sting”?

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October 26, 2020
Unpacked: Demystifying the Dark Net

Hidden behind the layers of the World Wide Web is a nefarious platform called the dark net that cannot be accessed by normal browsers.

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October 23, 2020
Swipe right if you 'like' meeting scammers on dating apps

And what is the dating industry doing to stop these financial predators.

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October 9, 2020
Rental scams: Unpacked in the Cyber Sushi

Those looking to rent a home should read this issue!!

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October 6, 2020
Looking for love online? There is a lot more to worry about than a broken heart

IDCARE Managing Director Professor David Lacey says romance scams have increased by 40% in recent months during the coronavirus pandemic.

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September 18, 2020
Phishing, spoofing, spamming?

Cyber-lingo explained in the latest edition of The Cyber Sushi.

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September 1, 2020
The Cyber Sushi… (serving up the cold facts, with some phish bytes)

The Cyber Sushi… (serving up the cold facts, with some phish bytes)

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July 29, 2020
The "gamification" of data breaches

THE “GAMIFICATION” OF DATA BREACHES. How internet forums are playing with your personal details.

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July 10, 2020
Telephone scam targeting mandarin speakers

Since late March 2020 there has been a notable spike in scams targeting the Chinese-Australian community.

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April 29, 2020
Privacy in a Pandemic

Join Privacy Commissioners from Australia and New Zealand with IDCARE'S Managing Director for a COVID-19 Discussion.

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March 23, 2020
Covid 19 Scam Warning

he World Health Organisation (WHO) classified the Coronavirus as a global pandemic on Thursday March 12, 2020.

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November 8, 2019
Explaining ‘Do not call’, Silent Numbers and Telephone Scams

Scammers do not receive these lists, and even if they did, would probably use them in the opposite way. 

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November 6, 2019
Warning & Response Advice: Smishing (SMS-TEXT) Fraud Event

IDCARE is currently assisting members of the community that are experiencing one of eight types of fraudulent SMS text messages (known as Smishing).

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October 14, 2019
Identity Conference 2019: The Future Shape of Identity

Guest speakers discuss The Future Shape of Identity in a panel session at the Identity Conference 2019.

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October 14, 2019
Identity Conference 2019 - Identity Theft in New Zealand: Causes, Cures and Curses

The Managing Director of IDCARE, David Lacey, gave this keynote presentation to the Identity Conference 2019.

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October 9, 2019
Cyber security breakfast for small business owners

For Stay Smart Online Week the Australian Cyber Security Centre is hosting a cyber security breakfast for small business owners and operators

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October 8, 2019
Stay Smart Online Week 2019

Reverse the threat.

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September 5, 2019
Driver's licences the 'golden ticket' of ID theft

When a driver's licence becomes compromised, criminals could open up lines of credit in the victim's name

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August 20, 2019
Insights into how scammers trick us

Experts in the field reveal insights into how scammers trick us

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August 16, 2019
ATO DIRECT refund scam

It appears to come from the ATO offering a refund.

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August 8, 2019
Fake text message scam

IDCARE has received many reports about phishing text messages appearing to come from Australia Post.

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July 23, 2019
Huge financial loss to ID theft this year so far

In 2018 the total annual cost to the Australian economy was $2.65bn

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July 1, 2019
Cyber Security Survey

IDCARE encourages small businesses to participate in the Australian Cyber Security (ACSC) Small Business Survey.

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February 19, 2019
Department of Human Services and Roll Out Letters

670,000 Australians are collectively owed $110 million in unclaimed Medicare rebates.

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February 5, 2019
Safer Internet Day 2019

" Together for a better internet”. IDCARE has joined the Safer Internet Day 2019 campaign.

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December 12, 2018
ATO arrest warrant scam has evolved…

Scammers are now using a 4 phase approach and using the AFP brand to further the story

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December 7, 2018
Australia Post Phishing Scam

Phishing text message appearing to come from Australia Post.

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December 4, 2018
Mobile apps and security

There is limited regulation around the posting of new apps from download stores.

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December 1, 2018
Marriott data breach

What Australians and New Zealanders need to know about the Marriott data breach...

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November 28, 2018
Medicare Rebate Scam

IDCARE has been inundated with calls from people who have received a text message scam referring to a $200 Medicare rebate.

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November 28, 2018
Scams targeting Australia Post customers

Phishing texts are the flavour of the month. Beware of the message appearing to come from Australia Post stating you’ve won a new phone.

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November 1, 2018
iappANZ Annual Summit – Melbourne 2018

Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner discusses latest quarterly report on the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme.

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October 25, 2018
Cathay Pacific Data Breach

Today Cathay Pacific publicly notified the probable compromise of personal and account related information of some 9.4m customers.

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October 16, 2018
Blackmail Scams

Blackmail emails are a popular way for criminals to make money.

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October 13, 2018
Facebook Security Incident - Update

Implications of Facebook data compromise for Australian and New Zealand users.

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October 9, 2018
Stay Smart Online Week

Identity & Cyber Crime Impacts on the Australian Community and Current Scams

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September 29, 2018
Facebook security incident

Facebook announced the discovery of a security issue affecting 50m accounts.

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September 19, 2018
You can now report a phishing scam to IDCARE

Information sharing is an important way to help keep IDCARE informed.

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September 13, 2018
Professionals being targeted

Amazing job offer or a collaboration you can’t refuse?

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September 6, 2018
Spoofing! What is it?

Spoofing allows callers to pose as someone else.

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July 6, 2018
Cyber extortion or blackmail

IDCARE has observed an 80% increase in cyber extortion/blackmail cases.

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July 6, 2018
Targeting Scams

Lead Identity Security Analyst, Moises Sanabria on The Project.

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July 6, 2018
Western Union Remission

Wire fraud in this instance includes the payment to scammers and fraudsters.

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July 6, 2018
QLD Aftermath Report 2018

A summary of impacts identity and cyber-related crimes had on Queensland.

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May 17, 2018
Scam targeting mandarin speakers

A spike in scams targeting the Chinese-Australian community.

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